Mulder escapes from a Russian prison camp. Scully is jailed after she refuses to cooperate with a Senate subcommittee hearing.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Vassily Peskow (as Jan Rubés)
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Brenda McDonald ...
Auntie Janet
Pamela MacDonald ...


Mulder and Krycek are taken prisoner in Russia and subjected to bizarre experiments that includes the black oil and vaccinations. They manage to escape but are separated and find different ways out. Back in the U.S., Scully is subpoenaed to appear before a Senate sub-committee and is threatened with jail for contempt when she refuses to tell them where Mulder is. Meanwhile, some of the conspirators, including the Cigarette Smoking Man and the Well-Manicured Man are worried their secret is getting out. Written by garykmcd

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1 December 1996 (USA)  »

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The title refers to terma, a set of Buddhist teachings hidden from the world. See more »


Around 00:11:52, on the right of screen, we can see Krycek's actor and the bald Russian's actor waiting for their scene side by side. Around 00:12:01, the bald Russian is on the bridge and Krycek is going up to him. See more »


Fox Mulder: [aggressively questioning a freelance terrorist] You want to know about anarchy? You don't tell me where that other bomb is and I'll make sure you spend your prison time on your bigoted hands and knees putting a big smile on some convict's face.
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The tagline in the opening credits reads "E Pur Si Muove," which translates from Italian to "And still it moves," a phrase ascribed to Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei after his arrest, trial, and conviction for defending the Copernican heresy by the Catholic Church. According to legend, he would utter this after his prayers in quiet protest against the Church, although the stories of this occurring did not surface until a century after Galileo's death. See more »


Piano Trio No 2, 3rd Movement
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This is not why we are here today...
28 June 2009 | by (Sandy, UT, United States) – See all my reviews

Terma is the sequel to Tunguska, one of season 4's mythology sequences. The teaser is a little random and at first doesn't seem to have much to do with the episode other than the black oil coming out of the old lady after she dies. But we later find out about black oil tests being done on elder care patients. The episode picks up the story right where we left off, with Mulder in a Russian prison camp and Scully studying the infection of an exobiologist with the black oil. A old man who appears to have been sent on an assassin's errand features prominently through out the episode as he goes around killing a doctor who we learn has been spying on the American syndicate for the Russian syndicate. Something like that. The conspiracy gets a little confusing. But what remains clear is that the Russians and the Americans don't appear to be playing on the same side here. Some very interesting elements are used in the episode such as the "cult" of Russian tundra people who have been cutting off their arms so as to not become subject to the smallpox vaccination tests being done at the camp. And then Krycek losing his own arm after falling in with this group. It appears as though Mulder himself is about to lose his arm but somehow he gets away and shows up at a Congress hearing where Scully is being drilled about his whereabouts. There is some good conspiracies, and even some pretty decent action in the episode including a downhill runaway truck crash and an oil explosion in North Dakota. Speaking of North Dakota, what a great place to hide something. I mean no one goes to North Dakota for anything. No one drives through North Dakota on their way somewhere. No one visits. No one moves there. It is probably the least exciting state in the entire U.S. So Mulder and Scully rush to North Dakota to try and reclaim the black rock before it is buried in an oil explosion and they leave. The End. Decent episode. I give it an 8 out of 10.

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